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The Art of Racing - Shining light on All-Stars
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Once again aerodynamics was the key for success at a “cookie-cutter” track. Fords continued to show the way with Kevin Harvick winning for the fifth time in 12 races this year. The race was very uneventful as the cars just circled the track without incident for the first 237 laps. The first caution for an incident on the track came with only 30 laps remaining.

They say that cautions breed cautions and that was true in Kansas. Three cautions for incidents occurred in the last 30 laps. After the final caution, Truex Jr. jumped out to a big lead but Harvick eventually ran him down, passing Truex, as they raced to the white flag.

Matt Kenseth’s return to the Cup Series did not go as planned. He had difficulty getting through pre-qualifying inspection, preventing him from even attempting a qualifying run. Kenseth struggled with the car all night, getting lapped early, and then getting involved in the last crash of the race.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns Saturday night to the Charlotte Motor Speedway to hold its version of an All-Star race. NASCAR tries to make the race interesting for the fans by making changes to the race. This year, the major change will be restrictor plates. Aero changes to be used were inspired by the package presented in the 2017 NASCAR XFinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a race that brought a record number of lead changes and received much positive feedback from fans. The format will be no different than for a normal race. Hopefully, restrictor plates will work to make the race exciting.

The race is not a points-race, but the teams will compete for a $1 million purse.

The race will be broken down into four stages. Stage One will be 30 laps, Stages Two and Three are both 20 laps, and the final stage will be a 10-lap dash. Only green-flag laps will be counted in the final stage. The most noteworthy change being that all stages will feature overtime rules if necessary to the finish.

There will be no mandatory pit stops, no inversions of the running order or eliminations, and there will be no choice of alternate tire compounds. The rules of All-Star race eligibility will remain unchanged. The race will include race winners from after the 2017 All-Star race, and in 2018 to date. Also included are previous All-Star race winners, series champions who are otherwise not eligible, three stage winners in the Monster Energy Open qualifying race and the winner of the fan vote.